The Liberal OC’s Chris Prevatt has again caught Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez violating the Brown Act.
As we have previously chronicled, Alvarez is not a big fan of the open government law. In April, while running the meeting for an absent Mayor Miguel Pulido, Alvarez decided who could speak during public comment and who couldn’t based on what they had to say.
This time she cut short a speaker, Albert Castillo, whom she described as a political opponent of Pulido, who has several opponents in his re-election bid this year. And she did it with Pulido sitting right next to her.
Here, as reported by Prevatt, was Alvarez’s rationale in her own words:
“I am going to request that your microphone be turned off — and I am speaking now, even though our mayor is sitting here, because you are personally attacking him. We all know that you’re supporting a contender that is running for mayorship that is not this mayor. I am not stopping you from freedom of speech; I’m stopping you from personal attacks. Because next thing you know you are going to start talking to him saying that he is self interested.”
— DAVID WASHBURN